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MS. Auct. F. 4. 33

Summary Catalogue no.: 2187


Martial, Epigrams
Rubric: M. Val. Marcialis Epigrammaton liber
Language(s): Latin
(fol. 203v)
Rubric: Plinii Epistola in laudem Martialis
Incipit: Audio Martialem decessisse
Pliny, Ep. III. 21
Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 207 leaves
Dimensions (binding): 9.75 × 6.125 in.


Humanistic script attributable to Bartolomeo Sanvito.


Fine border.

Fine initials (faceted capitals). (Pächt and Alexander ii. 625, pl. LX)


Red leather on boards with gold ornament, four clasps lost, Italian.

Contemporary gold tooled leather binding, rebacked and resewn. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 625)


Origin: early 1460s ; Italian, probably Padua

Provenance and Acquisition

The elaborate border on fol. 1 contains the arms: party per pale on the dexter side or, a lion rampant sable; on the sinister side argent, three bars dancetty sable: arms of Angelo Fasolo, treasurer of Pius II and bishop of Feltre.

On fol. iv, a leaf of green parchment, is 'Marini Nigrii Liber' in red, 16th cent.

Acquired probably about 1622 or 1623.

Record Sources

Description adapted (Jan. 2021) from the following sources:
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, II (1970), no. 625 [decoration, origin, date]
Summary Catalogue (1922)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (2 images from 35mm slides)
Digital Bodleian (1 image of binding from 35mm slides)

Last Substantive Revision

2021-01-13: Description revised to incorporate all information in SC and Pächt and Alexander.